Attractions - Professional Sports

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The great thing about living on an island near major cities is you can still enjoy top sports attractions. There is major league professional sports played year round in Tampa (one hour north on I75). The Sarasota area is centrally located for MLB spring training with the Baltimore Orioles right in town and six other teams within an hour plus drive including the New York Yankees.

Tampa Bay Professional Teams

Tampa is a major sports market with the NFL Buccaneers, MLB Devil Rays and the NHL Lighting. The great thing about being on an island near major cities is you don't have to give up seeing top sports attractions while on vacation. Check to see if your home team will be in town.

MLB Spring Training

Each year during February, March and early April, MLB moves to warm weather and Sarasota enjoys a central location to all the activity. The nearby MLB teams, their host cities and approximate driving times are:

Baltimore Orioles Sarasota 15 mins
Pittsburgh Pirates Bradenton 20 mins
Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater 75 mins
New York Yankees Tampa 75 mins
Tampa Devil Rays Port Charlotte 75 mins
Boston Red Sox / Minnesota Twins Fort Myers 90 mins

Senior PGA Tour

Each year during February the Senior PGA Tour plays at TPC Tampa. It's a superb opportunity to see the past golf greats like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Tom Kite, Hale Irwin and others.